wow heck ya that a fantastic amount of stuff, to me this is what made SW & Disney such a perfect fit all that stuff was released before big D bought SW, so i can't wait to see what else comes from them.
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Does anyone actually think this crap through when writing a script?
No. They just think the average person is a dumbass that love knockers, ass, and explosions on the big screen.
Here's a thought ... maybe the "20-something female actress who is either of mixed race or black" IS Ahsoka?
I like Scott's comments on Obi-Wan "waiting to train" Luke. What exactly was the plan? I hadn't considered it before, but was Obi-Wan really waiting around to train Luke or was he just watching over him? If Ben planned to train him, you'd think he would have started sooner - certainly that's what Yoda would have preferred. If they really thought Luke (or Leia) had a chance of defeating Vader or the Emperor, then why not start sooner? Heck, Yoda could have taken either of the twins with him to Dagobah to start training after birth.
My take was that Obi-Wan was merely sent to Tatooine with Luke to watch over him. They (Obi and Yoda) didn't have any plans to stop the Empire - probably feeling defeated and that they would leave it to the rebellion at that point. There's no evidence that they were planning to do anything to stop the Empire, including training Luke or Leia. If they did, why not start sooner? Why not stay in contact with the rebellion? Luke was hoping to zip off to the academy and wouldn't have even run into Ben had his uncle let him go.
I think the "plan" was simply to keep the children away from Vader to protect them and let the rebellion run it's course. When Luke encounters Ben, he then changes his plan and decides to train Luke. Maybe he could sense the rebellion faltering at that point or sensed the death of Beru & Owen, knowing Luke would need some direction in his life. Maybe it was just the force calling out to him or off screen guidance from Qui Gon when the opportunity to shepherd Luke presented itself, but I don't think Obi's plan was to sit back all those years, then jump into the training when Luke reached a certain age.